Every day my inbox, spam and junk folders are jam-packed with – erm – job opportunities offering payment in “exposure”.
And just what is meant by “exposure” you ask? Usually a mention on social media, a credit byline and occasionally (if I’m really lucky) a link to my blog. Never, ever an offer of monetary payment.
For some incredibly bizarre reason multi-million (and billion) dollar companies find it impossible to provide payment for the creative talent and hours of work involved in creating the content that they so eagerly reach out to commission.
Would you do your job for free?
I’ve gathered together my fave Blogging: Working for Exposure themed articles, opinion pieces and clever posts from around the ‘net to help you better understand this strange online phenomenon and just why it shouldn’t be accepted as the norm:
Wil Wheaton, my heart pumping teenage crush, shares his experience with being asked to work for exposure as well as his fabulously honest opinion with: You can’t pay your rent with “the unique platform and reach our site provides”
Work made for Hire’s excellent How to Not Die from Exposure has fabulous tips & tricks for asking for the payment you deserve.
Selena Rezvani shares her awesome People Don’t Respect Free Work, So Charge Them for It over on Forbes.
Web Design & HTML Expert Jennifer Kyrnin has written an interesting piece for About Tech including her take on when you should work for exposure with Working for Free: Is Getting Paid in Exposure Such a Bad Thing?
Jessica Hirsche’s wicked infographic flow chart helps you decide Should I Work for Free?
The Arts Don’t Work for Free is an online community where creatives can share their experiences, know how and advice on this topic.
Zulu Alpha Kilo created and filmed an awesome experiment when they took the idea of working on spec (creating a piece of work for a client for free) into the real world:
Jacob Duarte Spiel wrote a hilarious bit of satire for The Beaverton: Local Artist paid with, dies from, Exposure
Beezly also has a chuckle inducing satirical article: ‘Exposure’ Now Legal Tender for Photographers
Ted Forbes from The Art of Photography channel shares his fantastic opinions and advice on working for exposure in his Should I Work for Free webisode:
and, of course, my very own detailed look at the honest amount of hard work versus payment that goes on behind the scenes of blogging: Time vs Money:
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